PUBLIC HIKES AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS: These guided hikes and special programs let you learn about the natural and cultural history of the park, including plants, wildlife, geology and the different peoples who have called this part of Northern Colorado home. Registration is required, so please call the Visitor’s Center at 493-1623.  Participants are asked to bring clothing layers appropriate to the weather and time of day, a water bottle, insect repellent and to wear closed-toe supportive shoes.  For night programs, please bring a flashlight with a red lens.

PINECONES: This program is for preschool aged children– ages three to six years — and their accompanying adult. Programs are typically from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet at the visitor’s Center. Registration is required. Call the Visitor’s Center at 493-1623 to register, or email the Lory State Park Naturalist and Environmental Educator at

JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM: The Lory State Park Junior Ranger Program is suitable for children aged seven to twelve and gives participants an awareness of the environmental, historical and cultural assets of the park and Northern Colorado. To become a Junior Ranger, participants must complete a list of activities or adventures from the Junior Ranger activity book and/or attend at least one hosted environmental education programs. Once participants have completed enough of the exercises to be awarded either a patch or a badge, they head to the Visitor Center where a Ranger will review their work and swear them in as a Junior Ranger!

Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist Training Classes: The Lory Interpretive Naturalist Volunteer Program was initiated in Fall 2017. The training is free, open to anyone 18 years of age or older, but open to a limited number of applicants. Volunteers are provided with a foundation for assisting with the Park’s environmental education programs and teamed with experienced volunteer naturalists for on-the-job training. With lectures, field work and a free, information-loaded training manual, volunteers learn about the park’s natural and cultural history, wildlife and plant biology and identification skills and interpretation and presentation techniques. Interested volunteers should contact the Lory State Park Naturalist and Environmental Educator at